Every year, Chile has witnessed a considerable increase in tourism, with more and more people traveling to our country to see the beautiful landscapes and amazing cultures. This phenomena has also contribute to social, cultural, political and economical aspects of the country, with destinations that have acquire a world wide recognition. Here’s a list of some of the most popular destinations for foreign and local tourists.
Known as the driest desert in the world, the Atacama desert welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the year. It captivates with its unique landscapes that look out of this world; rock formations, salt flats and lagoons are only some of the attractions of this place. It is worth noting that the amount of visitors increases during the time in which the Flowering Desert blooms.
This national park charms visitors for its geographical beauty, as well as for its cultural value; since small settlements of Aymara people still live within this area. A unique ecosystem that survives 4.500 meters above sea level, where lagoons, wetlands and volcanoes take over the park.
Although located in Oceania, Easter Island has always been one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors. An island filled with beautiful landscapes, but that captivates everyone who visits it for its mysterious culture. Despite the different advances, the people of Rapa Nui have kept their essence and traditions. Besides, who doesn’t dream of seeing the amazing moais that protect the island?
Known as the “Pacific jewel”, this city is known for its heritage and cultural value, which has been recognised by different organizations, such as the UNESCO. Its hills filled with colours, its architecture, the impressive elevators and the artists who live in this city has made Valparaíso the perfect cultural and bohemian destination.
This small tourist town in the south of the country clearly knows how to take advantage of the geographical characteristics that surrounds it. It is the perfect place for adventure tourism in Chile, offering a wide range of activities such as: water and snow ski, rafting, kayaking, canyoning and climbing. But since all of this activities can put your body to the limit, around as well as in the city, it’s possible to find several hot springs open for the public.
The magic and mystery of this archipelago can only be surpass by the beauty of its landscapes and its people. The “palafitos” that rise above the water and the widely known churches are only some examples of the impressive architecture that invades the islands. People proud of their roots, that struggle to keep their unique traditions alive, such as the “minga” or the “curanto en hoyo”.
Considered as the “eighth natural wonder of the world”, the Torres del Paine National Park, year after year welcomes people from all other the world. Its many natural attractions makes this place one of a kind. Its rock formations known as “Torres del Paine” and “Cuernos del Paine”, along with rivers, lagoons and glaciers, are the perfect setting to get in touch with nature and everything that surrounds us.
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